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August 8, 2014 / Samuel

从里面做 [Done Inward]

书卷:罗马书(新约)
作者:保罗

罗马书2章28节:“因为外面做犹太人的,不是真犹太人;外面肉体的割礼,也不是真割礼。”
罗马书2章29节:“惟有里面做的,才是真犹太人;真割礼也是心里的,在乎灵,不在乎仪文。这人的称赞不是从人来的,乃是从上帝来的。”

今日默想:今天有许多基督徒,注重外面的名义和作法,却忽略了里面的实际,就如提摩太后书3章5节所提的,有敬虔的外貌,却背了敬虔的实意。从外面作的,故意叫人看见的祷告、施舍、禁食,都不是。只有暗中作的,才是。因为从外头作,故意叫人看见的,都是假冒的,惟有暗中作的才是真的。凡是模仿别人而作的,抄袭别人而作的,看见别人作,自己也照样作的;不必里面有负担,有感觉,不必有里面的生命作供应,不必倚靠里面生命的能力,不必经过祷告,不必与上帝有交通,就能作的,都是外面作的,不是里面作的。只有里面作的,才是新约的事奉。宗教徒既想得上帝的称赞,又想得人的称赞。然而我们若得了人的称赞,就得不到上帝的称赞。上帝是要我们用心灵和诚实拜祂,但我们却偏偏注重表面工夫,而忽略了灵里的真实。

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Book: Romans (New Testament)
Author: Paul

Romans 2:28 :“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh;”
Romans 2:29 :“but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.”

Today’s Meditation: Many Christian today focus on names and practices instead of the actual inside, just as described in 2 Timothy 3:5 where they have the form of godliness but denying its power. The fake prayer, giving, abstinence that are done to let people see are meaningless. Only those that are done inwardly are true. Imitating need neither responsibility nor feeling. It can be done without prayer and communication with God because it is done at the outside. Only those that are done inwardly can be known as the serving in new testament. We cannot get praise from both God and people at the same time. God wants us to worship Him in spirit and truth, but we tend to focus on surface and neglected the spiritual side.

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